The new i3 BMW uses a 168bhp electric motor under the boot floor, combined with a lithium-ion battery pack. The range is between about 80 miles and 125 miles. Owing to the electric motor’s instant torque, acceleration is rapid, and it manages a 0-60mph time of 7.2 seconds – 3.2 seconds
- Tesla Model S
You can choose between a 60kWh battery with a 208-mile range or the larger 80kWh battery with the full 311 miles. There’s also an 80kWh Performance, which drops the 0-60mph time from 5.4 to 4.2 seconds.
- Volkswagen e-up
The car has a range of 93 miles on a full charge . The car attains speed 0-62mph in 12.4 seconds. Beneath the floor is the 81bhp electric motor (which weighs 210kg). As it sits between the axles, it doesn’t intrude on boot capacity, meaning 250 litres of luggage space is still available.
- Nissan Leaf
Nissan claims that the Leaf can manage 124 miles on a single charge with just 108bhp, an 89mph top speed and an 11.5-second 0-60mph time.
- Tesla Model X
The car has a pair of electric motors, one for each axle, so there’s no propshaft linking the two, and these are rated at 259bhp each in the standard models. That means the 60kWh and 75kWh models can sprint from 0-62mph in six seconds. Further up the range, the 90kWh model replaces the rear motor with a 503bhp one, and it has a 0-62mph time of 4.8 seconds. If that’s still not fast enough for you, the 100kWh Ludicrous model manages 0-62mph in a frankly ridiculous 2.8 seconds.
- VW e-Golf
This five-door hatchback-only EV is let down by the weight of its batteries, and the effects this has on comfort and handling, plus the questionable usable range of around 80 miles.
- Kia Soul EV
The EV’s 109bhp power output and hefty 1,565kg kerbweight, which combine to blunt acceleration. However, in the real world the Soul feels brisk enough, particularly around town, where it responds sharply to the throttle. It’s only at speeds above 60mph that the Kia’s rate of acceleration starts to slow down.
- Renault Zoe
The ZOE has an electric motor that develops 87bhp in normal mode, and 60bhp in Eco mode. More important is the 220Nm of torque it develops as soon as the motor turns, giving very sprightly acceleration – 0-30mph takes four seconds. The range in the ZOE is limited to about 100 miles of mixed driving.
- Ford Focus Electric
The Focus Electric has a 107kW electric motor which means the Focus Electric can accelerate from 0-62mph in 11.4 seconds. The lithium-ion cells have a 23kWh capacity, That gives the car a claimed range of 99 miles.
- Nissan e-NV200 Combi
It is a seven-seat people carrier that’s based on the NV200 van. The e-NV200 has running gear shared with the Leaf EV hatchback. There’s a 24kWh lithium ion battery pack under the passenger floor, while Nissan claims that the e-NV200 has a range of around 110 miles on a full charge. Power comes from an 80kW electric motor that drives the front wheels.